1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Nijo Castle

Kyoto: Nijo Castle 60-Minute Tour & Ninomaru Palace Access

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Explore Nijo Castle on a 60-minute guided tour conducted by a certified guide with exclusive access to some rooms. Learn why this is the best example of feudal-era castle architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Duration: 1 hour
Starting times 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
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  • Explore the best example of Japan's feudal-era architecture
  • Join this guided tour for unique insight into one of Japan's most significant historical and cultural assets
  • Get exclusive access to a part of the castle normally unavailable to the public
Full description
Nijo Castle was originally built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period. After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867, Nijo Castle served as an imperial palace, before being donated to Kyoto City and opened to the public as a historic site. These buildings are arguably the best surviving examples of castle architecture from Japan's feudal era.

Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, Nijo Castle is divided into three distinct areas: the Honmaru or main circle of defence; the Ninomaru, or secondary circle of defence; and the gardens encircling both the Honmaru and Ninomaru. 

Inside the castle grounds, you'll find the extravagant Karamon Gate, the entrance to the Ninomaru, and the castle's main attraction, the Ninomaru Palace. The Ninomaru Palace once served as the shogun's residence and office on visits to Kyoto and remains intact to this very day.
  • 60-minute Nijo Castle guided tour (Higashi Ote-mon Gate, Kara-mon Gate, Ninomaru-goten Palace, Ninomaru Garden, Honmaru-goten Palace, Nishi-mon)
What’s Not Included
  • Nijo Castle admission fees
  • Transportation

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Nijo Castle Tour Ticket Booth (details provided in booking confirmation)

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Important information
Know before you go
• Admission fee to the venue is not included in this tour and has to be paid with cash on site
• Tours are daily except on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December (If Tuesday is a holiday, the castle will be open on Tuesday, but closed on Wednesday the same week)
• Closed December 26 – January 4 every year

From US$ 8.70 per person

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Product ID: 310603